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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Japan's ‘hidden Christians’ maintain faith

Driven underground years ago, Japan's ‘hidden Christians’ maintain faith

A Japanese hidden Christian wall scroll depicts the Virgin Mary holding the young Jesus Christ, with two saints looking on. To avoid persecution, hidden Christians disguised their religion under a veneer of Buddhist and Shinto imagery.
NPR: From the Roman Empire to the Cold War-era Soviet Union, many Christian groups throughout history have concealed their faith to survive government persecution. But some of Japan's kakure kirishitan, or “hidden Christians,” have remained closeted for nearly 4 1/2 centuries -- long after the threat of persecution had lifted.

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